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The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
Is a Front for Big Pharma $$ Interests

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April 28, 2015

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Is a Front for Big Pharma $$ Interests (April 28, 2015)

[Wikipedia: "NACCHO is the national organization representing local health departments."]

NACCHO: A Big Pharma Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Crowds of Parents Flood the Halls of the State Capital in California but their Protests fall on Deaf Ears as Senator Richard Pan — a newly-elected state Senator who is backed by Big Pharma — Pushes through legislation to Eliminate their Parental Rights.

Today, the Judiciary Committee in the California Senate will bow to the agenda of Big Pharma by passing a bill that strips parents of their medical rights, despite thousands who are protesting the mandated use of questionably medical products in children, furthering a political agenda which is infecting United States policy faster than measles at Disneyland.

And politicians who are bought and paid for by Big Pharma are leading the charge — supported by organizations that are facades mascarading as legitimate public agencies when in reality, they are organizations that are run by and funded completely by Big Pharma directly.

It’s 'public policy' at its worst: hijacking the needs of the people to further a financial agenda that will cause many more to be injured and stressed by forcing families to choose between their child’s safety and health or face economic hardship by requiring either one parent to stay at home and home school or pay for private schools at a time when the middle class has never been under more duress.

Driven completely by special interests, lobbyists, drug makers and a collusive media, after decades of strategic policy manipulation, posturing, erosion of boundaries between government and Big Pharma, the United States as a whole is poised to force parents to inject children with toxic materials for generations to come or be denied a public education, since 110 bills have rolled out with the exact same agenda in 35 states. Medical tyranny is invading our nation.

It all started in 1986 with a little girl by the name of Hannah Bruesewitz (Bruesewitz v. Wyeth). Hannah received the DTap vaccine and soon after went into extreme seizures and never recovered. She, like so many children in the 1980s known as the thimerisol generation, was exposed to a vaccine product that was manufactured by a pharmaceutical industry that was using thimerisol (or mercury) as an adjuvant — despite the fact that it is a known neurotoxin and heavy metal.

Hannah wasn’t the first child to be injured by a vaccine — in fact, there were so many cases of vaccine injury emerging in the United States in 1986 that by the time Hannah received her day in court, the U.S. Congress decided to put a stop to it.

Parents Protest Big Pharma’s Agenda Tuesday in Sacrament to Take Away Parental Rights

Parents Protest Big Pharma's Agenda to Take Away Parental RightsIf you’re thinking they passed a law prohibiting thimerisol in vaccines, sorry. Wrong answer.

Instead, they made a motion to protect Big Pharma from any more lawsuits, and they did so by setting up a separate administrative court [no judge, no jury, no media, no public allowed to attend] so that Americans can no longer sue for vaccine damages.  And instead of taking out the thimerisol, they kept it in, and in some cases exchanged it for aluminum — another neurotoxic metal.

The result? Vaccine revenue has increased 300% from $12 billion in 2005 to an estimated $48 billion this year (2015). So what’s $3 billion and counting paid out to citizens of the United States for a bunch of sick, dead or injured kids since 1986?


Score: Big Pharma 1, Children of the World 0

Ian Gromowski after a severe reaction to the Hepatitis B vaccine took his life at 47 days old

Ian Gromowski after a severe reaction to the Hep B vaccine took his life at 47 days oldAs difficult as it is to see the photo on the left, we’d like you to meet Ian Gromowski. Ian lived 47 days and then he died without ever leaving the hospital. He had a severe reaction to several drugs, yet despite his compromised health, he was given a Hep B vaccine 8 days later — remember Hepatitis B is transmitted through shared needles and unprotected sex.  Why do we give this to children at all, much less a child that is already facing health challenges in the first few days of life? Like measles at Disneyland, the sense of urgency around Ian and a Hep B vaccine was over emphasized.

You should know about Ian’s story, because pediatric vaccines is exactly what Big Pharma is banking on to increase its revenue even further in the next five years, by 10%. Big Pharma, via the NIH, puts out all sorts of propaganda to try to discredit Ian’s story. After all, lots of money can go lots of places.

Let’s move on.

In the late 1990s, the Federal Communications Commission deregulated advertising allowing Big Pharma to advertise direct-to-consumers (“ask your doctor”).  At a time when traditional media outlets were being replaced by the internet in order to feed a voracious 24/7 news cycle, Big Pharma was able to throw around enough big money in advertising revenue to intimidate traditional media from providing unbiased coverage of vaccine injury.  This practice continues today. And despite the fact that multiple vaccines are being pulled in other countries and the vaccine makers are being sued by those same nations for vaccine damage, the news of vaccine injury goes uncovered here in America, except for the very alternative health press — Spain, France, India and Japan alone are currently suing for damages from Merck’s controversial Gardasil vaccine.

This media friendly climate for vaccine manufacturers is a boon to PR agencies and spin masters like Big Pharma’s PR agency Ogilvy and Mather, which now boasts offices in Washington, D.C., and has a division devoted to ‘social change’ and policy.  They create content that plugs into pseudonym fronts trumped-up to sound like federal agencies but instead are storefronts for Big Pharma’s political agenda — all designed to boost sales while simultaneously squelching any doubt in the mind of parents that vaccines are unsafe.

The result? Aggressive, skewed and heavily biased propaganda is now being accepted in the United States as responsible journalism. Peripheral health corporations — the hand-maidens to Big Pharma — have participated in this effort, trumping up hype to discredit parents questioning the system at every turn.

California Becomes the Great State of Big Pharma

California Becomes the Great State of Big PharmaOne of the worst examples is an article published in Healthline in 2014.  In a story entitled “Anti-Vaccination Movement Causes a Deadly Year in the U.S.” reporter Brian Krans posted a story comparing Californian soccer moms who choose to not to vaccinate to the Taliban. Krans’s misleading headline doesn’t live up to its claim, and makes no mention of any deaths in the U.S. that year as a result of unvaccinated children (because there weren’t any), choosing instead  to make a leap from  101 cases of polio in Pakistan as being an ‘epidemic,’ even though it represented only .00004% of Pakistan’s 250,000 children in 2014.  (Had Krans been a responsible journalist, he would have reported the truth. Polio is transmitted from fecal matter entering the body via the mouth. Living in a war zone with no running water or sanitation clearly would contribute directly to an outbreak more so than non-vaccination — especially since it has been a matter of public record since 1979 from Jonas Salk himself when he testified before Congress that the polio vaccine itself contributes more to spreading the disease than anything else.)

Krans’ publication, Healthline? Owned in part by … Kaiser Permanente, a massive healthcare conglomerate that benefits from the sale and use of vaccines.

Score: Big Pharma 2, Children of the World 0

According to Kaiser Permanente’s wikipedia page, the company ran clinical trials from June 1990 to October 1991, along with the Los Angeles County Department of Health, Johns Hopkins University and the CDC, injecting “1500 mostly black and Latino babies with an Edmonton strain of Measles vaccine.”  Additional trials were conducted in Haiti and Africa, but were discontinued due to increased mortality, inadequate consent and unlicensed use of the vaccine on these children.  The CDC had “concerns over U.S. government department ethics, which occasioned an apology by the CDC who ascribed it to an administrative oversight.” 

This news is of considerable interest, since Dr. William Thompson — a senior scientist at the CDC — recently confessed that he and his co-workers intentionally omitted statistically significant data in a 2004 study published in the journal Pediatrics that demonstrated that “African-American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were 336% more likely to suffer an autistic response” (DeStefano F, Bhasin TK, Thompson WW, et al. “Age at first measles-mumps-rubella vaccination in children with autism and school-matched control subjects: a population-based study in metropolitan Atlanta.” Pediatrics 2004 Feb; 113(2): 259-66).

Thompson’s study was verified independently by Dr. Brian Hooker in August of 2014, who published almost the exact results in Translational Neurodegeneration (Hooker BS. “Measles-mumps-rubella vaccination timing and autism among young African-American boys: a reanalysis of CDC data.” Translational Neurodegeneration 2014 Aug 8; 3: 16).

The result?  110 bills introduced in 35 states that will mandate the injection of vaccines or deny children access to education. On that list? The MMR.

Big Pharma 3, Children of the World 0

The Director of the CDC during Dr. Thompson’s tenure was Dr. Julie Gerberding.  In a letter dated February of 2004, Dr. Thompson expressed concern about the integrity of scientists at the National Immunization Program, in light of an upcoming presentation in front of the Institutes of Medicine around autism and vaccines.

The result? In 2009, Dr. Gerberding did nothing to assist Thompson, and instead left the CDC in 2009 and became head of Merck’s vaccines division. In December of 2014, just as measles was being included in the Disneyland parade, Dr. Gerberding was promoted to Merck’s Executive Vice President for Strategic Communications, Global Public Policy and Population Health.

Big Pharma 4, Children of the World 0

Legislation is being forged on the tip of Big Pharma’s sword, and they’re doing it in the name of social change (notice how Merck stands out on that list of government agencies? That’s because Merck is funding a lot of those agencies activities and they are now considered as credible on the subject of social change — interchangeable as the NIH, the CDC, Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Veterans Affairs and FEMA).

Moreover, they’ve been throwing a lot of money everywhere, from politicians to schools and universities, to community organizations, to health care workers, to doctors, to anybody that will take it — all contributing to the continued illusion that Merck has the world’s best interest at heart.

The National Association of County and City Health Officials

The most covert of activities has reared its ugly head in the form of an organization known as the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

NACCHO is described as  “2700 local health departments across the United States”  — a definition that at first blush appears to be an umbrella organization for the public health departments in the United States.  Their self-described vision is “health, equity, and security for all people in their communities through public health policies and services.”

The inference is very much on purpose —  they want you to think they are a federal organization, and that their function is to serve as a governing body for all the local health departments. They even have a directory of all the local health departments in the United States on their website.

There’s only one problem: NACCHO accepts membership dues from health departments that only accounted for $2.6 million in 2014. Yet it received $23 million in 2014 in contributions and grants. Where do they get their funding and what exactly are they doing with it?

First, let’s take a look at their leadership.

Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, who was promoted to Executive Director of NACCHO in February of this year, is an old buddy of Dr. Gerberding's from Merck (remember her? The former head of the CDC who went directly from the CDC to running Merck’s vaccine program?).

In December 2014, just as measles was cozying up to Dumbo, Dr. Gerberding is promoted to Merck’s Executive Vice President for Strategic Communications for Global Public Policy and Population Health. Read that carefully: VP for STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS for GLOBAL PUBLIC POLICY and PUBLIC HEALTH. That means she’s in charge of master strategy for policy and public health.  Do you think vaccines are at the top of her list?

She certainly is seeding the field.

Dr. Julie Gerberding went from Director of the CDC to head of Merck’s Vaccine Division

Dr. Julie Gerberding went from Director of the CDC to head of Merck's Vaccine DivisionDr-LaMarHasbrouckSixty days after Dr. Gerberding is promoted to Merck’s head global policy maker, Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck — one of Gerberding’s buddies from the CDC — is promoted to Executive Director of NACCHO.   Not only are Gerberding and Hasbrouck both alumnus from the same school (UC Berkeley), but in fact they were both employed by the CDC for 11 years at exactly the same time. (Gerberding from 1998 – 2009), (Hausbrouck 1998 – 2009).

Do you think Dr. Gerberding had a say in Dr. Hasbrouck’s appointment? Is it a coincidence that during the period between Gerberding’s promotion and Hasbrouk’s appointment the trumped-up measles noise was unfolding, resulting in 110 bills rolling out on cue in 35 states?

Deadline for introducing new bills has limits. In California, it’s February. So this well-rehearsed symphony was tuning up right on cue [CA Senators Pan and Allen introduced SB277 on Feb. 19, 2015].

Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck followed his colleague
Dr. Julie Gerberding from the CDC to Merck-sponsored policy fronts

Let’s get back to the money.

Here is a list of every organization NACCHO receives money from. Remember: NACCHO’s income from membership falls way short of its budget needs, which means it is set up by design to be funded by outside resources. Let’s take a look at these contributors, and see what we see:

1. Center for Advancement of Health: gets money from Bill and Melinda Gates, which turns around and funds NACCHO.

3. Alliance for Community Health Plans: several board members from Kaiser Permanente including the Permanente Trust, which then turns around and funds NACCHO.

4. Health a barely-there website — more of a four-page brochure that could’ve been thrown together in 20 minutes by any high school student with the latest post from May 2014? Yet they somehow give money to an organization that receives $25 million annually? Hmmm.

5. American Academy of Pediatrics: after being redirected in circles on this website, we finally found the corporate sponsor page which includes vaccine manufacturer and Merck partner Sanofi Pasteur, Merck, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Boeringher Ingleheim and more.

6. American Association of Health Plans: of which, our friends at Kaiser Permanente are of course members. KP pays for membership, and AAHP pays NACCHO, and health plans directly reimburse physicians based on vaccination rates. The higher the patient population, the higher the percentage of reimbursement which is why so many physicians are dropping patients with children who delay or opt out.

7. American Public Health Association: donates an entire page to vaccines, using fear by comparing a lightning strike as being more likely than a vaccine reaction.

9. Association of Maternal & Child Healthplans: Even though this link was dead on the NACCHO funder’s page, we googled it and found something shocking: an entire program funded by Merck called Merck for Mothers. This is a global front for worldwide vaccines and includes India, which is currently suing Merck over Gardasil (you won’t find that on their website). Their sponsors are numerous including… Bill & Melinda Gates.

10. The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO): Sounds official, right? Look at their sponsors. Their sponsors gives ASTHO money, and ASTHO gives money to NACCHO. Are you seeing the pattern?

11. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: That’s where our friends Dr. Gerberding and Dr. Hasbrouk met, remember? NACCHO lists two CDC divisions as sponsors: the National Center for Environmental Health and the … wait for it … National Immunization Program.

Let’s start with NCEH. The NCEH states it is “working to prevent illness, disability, and death from interactions between people and the environment.” Hmmm. Wonder how Erin Brokovitch and Robert Kennedy Jr.  think they’re doing, because they’ve both made great careers off of cleaning NCEHs’ unaddressed environmental messes.

The National Immunization Program

Now for the juicy CDC division that sponsors NACCHO, the National Immunization Program.  This is the massive nerve center of policy, influence, funding and agenda setting which, in Feb. 0f this year, research and market analysts are predicting is now so effective due to the squeezing of parental rights, that the vaccine market alone which is already in the billions annually will increase 10+% in the next five years for all these manufacturers. The main reason? “According to the report, the primary driving factor is the inclusion of pediatric vaccines in the national immunization schedule of many countries. This helps increase the consumption of vaccines in the market, thereby boosting growth.

See? Politics and corporate policy can be very lucrative bedfellows. The folks running Big Pharma figured this out a long time ago, and they are counting on you staying silent, playing Russian roulette with your children while U.S. Taxpayers continue to pay out $3 billion and counting in vaccine injuries.

Meanwhile, NACCHO is crying foul that President Obama has only approved the CDC for $561 million in the U.S.  fiscal budget for 2016 instead of the $611 million from last year, for the Section 317 immunization program which disperses vaccines far and wide in the U.S.  NACCHO  is asking the U.S. Government for $650 million dollars to push vaccines on your community — citing the recent “disease outbreak” of measles as being “epidemic.”

Score: Big Pharma 5, Children of the World 0

So we’ve made it through the first 12 or so funding partners for NACCHO, but there are 34 more on the list. We will continue to investigate and will post additional findings.

In the meantime, if you don’t live in California, and if you don’t have small children, you probably don’t even know this legislative onslaught is happening. But it is.

And it’s coming to your town sooner than you think.

It’s time to #wake up.

Lori Gregory

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